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Diploma of Aviation
(Helicopter CPL)

This course is proudly delivered in partnership with

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Flight One’s commercial pilot licence diploma, AVI50322 – Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter), is a full time scenario based course that covers all the theory and practical requirements toward becoming a commercial helicopter pilot. Available in Brisbane, training is conducted in conjunction with expert instructions provided by our authorised partner, V2 Heli. Flight training is provided on V2’s well maintained, modern helicopter fleet and includes a range of relevant options throughout the training journey. This course is VET Student Loans approved for domestic students. This programme is not available for international student enrolment.

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Authentic Training Environment

As part of the Tisdall Aviation Group, Flight One School of Aviation prides itself on providing students with the opportunity to undertake training within the context of a genuine aviation industry setting. V2 Heli operates charter services directly from the training base.


  • 01 Jul 20246 Places remaining
  • 27 Jan 20256 Places remaining
Jan | Jul
6 months
Study Mode
On Campus
Min 20 hrs / wk
VSL Cover
VSL Approved
Not Available



Gap Fee Payable: $0
Maximum VSL Cover: $90,380
VSL Loan Cap: $90,497

Domestic Self Funded


VET Student Loan available subject to eligibility and creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth. Non-tuition fees apply. See Course Fees for full details.

Qualification Overview

Why Study A Diploma Of Aviation?

Studying the Diploma of Aviation with Flight One School of Aviation is your first step in the journey towards becoming a professional pilot. Training is conducted in phases, where you will build and expand your knowledge and qualifications across the study period. You will begin with the fundamentals of flight and basic aircraft handling skills required for a recreational pilot licence (RPL).

The next phase is the private pilot licence (PPL) which steps up navigation skills which is then expanded upon further during the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) phase. These phases are set to align to CASA licensing requirements; meaning graduates move into industry with nationally recognised qualifications, in addition to licensing by the peak regulatory authority.

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans is available to eligible applicants and provides cover for up to the full course tuition fee amount payable for this packaged double diploma. See Tuition Fees below for full details.

Things You’ll Learn

  • Control helicopter at a controlled & non-towered aerodromes
  • Advanced manoeuvres
  • Operate in Class G airspace
  • Manage abnormal situations and emergencies
  • Manage aircraft passengers and cargo
  • Manage disruptive behaviour
  • Maintain aircraft radio communications
  • Theory tuition for 7 units of study

Flying Hours

You can expect to gain at least 111 hours of logged flight time.

  • 105 flight hours in both Robinson R22 and R44;
  • 6 hours in the HELIMOD Mark III Flight Simulator;

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V2 Helicopter Flight Training (V2 Heli) is a CASA approved helicopter flight training and charter operator established in 2009. We are delighted to exclusively collaborate with V2 Heli to bring you this exciting commercial helicopter pilot training programme as a formal diploma. You can find out more about V2 Heli on their website →

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Course Information

Course Details

Qualification AVI50322 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter)
Training Provider Flight One Australia (RTO 31285 | CRICOS 01302M)
trading as Flight One School of Aviation
Training Location  Authorised third party training provider V2 Helicopters Flight Training
Hangar 219, Qantas Ave, Archerfield Airport, Brisbane QLD 4108
Duration / Mode This course is 6 months in duration with required regular on-campus attendance. Weekly commitment is approximately 20hrs.
VET Student Loans This course is VET Student Loans approved.
Please view Tuition Fee details and Payment Schedules below.
International Students This course is not available for international student enrolments.


Flight One School of Aviation has the privilege of being a CASA certified Flight Training Organisation and a CRICOS and VSL approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO). These combined approvals allow us to deliver theory and practical training and assessments to domestic and international students toward Australian pilot licences through formal Australian Qualifications Framework diplomas and additionally, offer VET Student Loans as a payment option for domestic students.

Training is conducted at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane, by experienced aviation instructors utilising authentic training equipment and well maintained aircraft.

As has been the case for over 40 years, Flight One Australia’s ethos revolves around diligent attention to aviation industry safety and quality standards. Our courses are customer service oriented and our syllabus provides an authentic training experience. To achieve the level of proficiency expected of our graduates, pilot trainees are expected to maintain attendance and course progress befitting a professional pilot.

As part of a broader aviation group that includes VIP and business chartering, airport FBO services and CASA approved aircraft maintenance and repair operations, we are able to offer a genuinely industry driven, innovative programmes with integrated theory and practical training to ensure that you are job ready upon graduation. Please visit About Us to learn more about our flight school and the broader Tisdall Aviation Group.

The course is open to students with no industry experience and is delivered face to face on campus supported by online learning facilities and airborne activities where relevant. We will help you build the skills and experience to ignite a lifelong career in aviation, and help you to progress through to a dream role – whether your dream is in charter, freight, general aviation or flying with a range of specialty helicopter services.

About Commercial Helicopter Piloting

Commercial pilots carry out the safety critical activity of flight for reward in support of a wide range of clients. The vast array of activities undertaken include charter, aeromedical, passenger transport, photography and search and rescue.

Commercial helicopter pilots have a wide range of career options available to them. They can pursue roles in various sectors, including aerial firefighting, search and rescue operations, law enforcement, medical evacuation (HEMS), offshore oil and gas transportation, tourism and sightseeing flights, and aerial photography. Additionally, opportunities exist in executive transport, where they can serve as private or corporate helicopter pilots. Some commercial helicopter pilots also choose to become flight instructors, sharing their expertise with aspiring aviators. The diverse range of career paths ensures that commercial helicopter pilots can find opportunities that align with their interests, skills, and career goals within the dynamic field of rotary-wing aviation.


Our CPL-H programme is designed around the concept of licence readiness – providing each graduate with the CASA theory and associated examinations necessary to achieve a licence outcome.

To be eligible to apply for a CASA Pilot Licence, graduates must also meet CASA’s stipulated flight tests conducted by CASA appointed testing officers.

Training is conducted online and at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane, Australia, via face to face classroom training by experienced flight instructors utilising an extensive training fleet and simulators.

Assessments for this programme are conducted and invigilated in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Assessments may include, but are not limited to, multiple choice, short answer, short essays, group work under observation and practical aviation assessments (flight tests).

Helicopter Training Facilities*

Our library of publications and modern briefing room caters exceptionally well to our students. In addition to theory training in the evenings, we offer free coffee and tea to all our customers. The ample free parking directly in front of the building simply adds to the convenience of learning with us. We are confident in our ability to provide you with the best possible environment to achieve your goals.

  • Air Conditioned Classrooms
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Quiet Study Rooms
  • Perfect learning environment

*Note: This information pertains to facilities provided on campus at V2 Heli, Hangar 219, Qantas Ave Archerfield Airport which is approximately 5 min walk from the main Flight One School of Aviation campus.

Recognition For Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants with well documented previous training and/or experience may be eligible for Recognition for Prior Learning toward Units of Competency included in this qualification. Please advise at the time of application if you are seeking RPL.

Delivery Mode

Full-time class numbers are kept intentionally small between 6 – 9 students to ensure a high standard of training is delivered personally to each student.

To achieve a higher level of flexibility for our trainees, this course is mixed mode and is delivered through a combination of:

  • self-guided study of the theoretical principles that underpin aeroplane flight and the Commercial Pilot Licence using online training resources
  • instructor-lead briefings one-on-one, or in small groups, to reinforce, check and approve theory knowledge
  • self guided and instructor-lead flight planning
  • instructor-lead flying lessons to achieve practical competencies
  • flight tests and theory exams carried out by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Flight lessons will be scheduled at a sufficient pace to remain within the study periods and must be attended once booked. Fast tracking is permitted but must be approved by the Chief Flight Instructor and the Head of School and are dependent upon trainee aptitude and progress as well as availability of resources and instructors.

Students undertaking this course are expected to wear the college uniform provided.

Course Inclusions

  • 6 Months Duration​
  • 16 Units of Competency​
  • 7 CASA Theory Exams​
  • 85 Hours Robinson R22​
  • 20 Hours Robinson R44​
  • 6 Hours HeliMod Mark III Simulator
  • Commercial Flight Test​
  • Low Level Flight Test
  • Theory and Navigation Equipment

International Students

This course is not open for international student enrolments. International student may wish to contact V2 Heli to enquire about casual (non-diploma) flight training.


Units of Competency

AVIE0006 Maintain aircraft radio communications
AVIF0026 Implement aviation risk management processes
AVIF0027 Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes
AVIF0029 Implement threat and error management strategies
AVIF0030 Manage safe flight operations
AVIF0033 Manage aircraft passengers and cargo
AVIF0035 Manage human factors in aviation operations
AVIH0010 Plan a flight under visual flight rules
AVIH0014 Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules
AVILIC0003 Licence to operate a commercial aeroplane
AVIO0017 Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation
AVIW0029 Manage pre- and post-flight actions
AVIW0032 Operate and manage aircraft systems
AVIY0033 Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments
AVIY0034 Operate in controlled airspace
AVIY0035 Operate in Class G airspace
AVIY0036 Operate at non-towered aerodromes
AVIY0037 Operate at a controlled aerodrome
AVIY0040 Apply aeronautical knowledge to aviation operations
AVIY0041 Apply the principles of civil air law to aviation operations
AVIY0083 Execute advanced aeroplane manoeuvres and procedures
AVIY0047 Manage abnormal aeroplane flight situations
AVIY0054 Control aeroplane on the ground
AVIY0055 Take off aeroplane
AVIY0056 Control aeroplane in normal flight
AVIY0057 Land aeroplane
AVIY0058 Manage aircraft fuel
AVIZ0006 Manage situational awareness in aircraft flight
AVIY0073 Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night

Course Entry Criteria

General Entry Criteria

To receive approval to enrol in this qualification, applicants must:

  • be at least 18 years old at the planned commencement date; and
  • have completed Australian senior high school or equivalent; or
  • successfully pass the prescribed Language, Literacy and Numeracy test; and
  • have a native or advanced level of English.

Flight School Entry Criteria

To receive approval to undertake flight training, applicants must also:

  • successfully pass the Symbiotic ADAPT pilot aptitude test; and
  • successfully pass a discussion style interview with the Head of School.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Criteria

To receive approval to undertake flight training for this course, applicants must:

Note: An ARN is a simple process that involves corresponding with CASA and obtaining a unique CASA identifier. Please refer to the Aviation Reference Number (ARN) section on CASA’s website for instructions.

  • be eligible to obtain a CASA Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate; and

Note: A valid Class 1 medical certificate is a course commencement requirement. This medical certificate must remain valid for the duration of the course and is the responsibility of the student to maintain. Students who have not received their Class 1 Certificate from CASA by the commencement date will not be able to commence and will be deferred to the next available intake.

Details and further information are available from CASA – https://www.casa.gov.au/licences-and-certificates/aviation-medicals/medical-certificates.

  • be eligible to obtain an Australian Aviation Security Identity Card (ASIC); and

Note: Obtaining an ASIC requires police clearance by way of a background criminal check that can include:

    • National police check
    • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission criminal assessment
    • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation national security assessment
    • Department of Home Affairs Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system check

If you have significant criminal history, you may not be eligible to hold an ASIC.

ASIC applications require support for operational needs. This is provided to you by us after your successful enrolment along with instructions for lodging an ASIC application.

  • have sufficient English language ability to pass the CASA Aviation English Language Proficiency (AELP) assessment; and

Note: CASA has requirements for the minimum standards of English language. Trainees will undergo testing to gain CASA certification (at a minimum of level 4) of their aviation English standard during the early stages of the course.

  • Have aeronautical knowledge and experience evidenced by CASA documentation and/or licencing for the proposed training stage, if relevant.

You are expected to present a valid Class 1 medical certificate at commencement of your course unless authorised in writing by the RTO; we reserve the right to delay commencement if you are not able to present certification at commencement. This medical certification suitable to your level of training must remain valid for the duration of the course and is the responsibility of the student to maintain.

Additional Entry Criteria for VET Student Loans

Domestic students planning to access a loan via the Australian Government VET Student Loan scheme must:

  • provide evidence of meeting the VSL citizenship eligibility criteria; and
  • provide an Australian senior high school graduation certificate and academic results; or
  • pass the prescribed Language, Literacy and Numeracy test.

There are specific criteria for use of the VET Student Loans scheme. Please visit our VSL Page for further details.

Additional Entry Criteria for International Students

This course is not registered for International Student enrolments.

The RTO reserves the right to make reasonable adjustments where sufficient grounds exist.

Tuition Fee Information

Tuition Fee Details - Domestic Students

Domestic Student Tuition Fees

  • Full Tuition Fee for this qualification: $90,380
  • Tuition fees are payable in instalments
  • This course is approved for VET Student Loans
  • Additional (Non-Tuition) Fees apply. Details below.
  • All amounts are in Australian Dollars

VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is approved for the Commonwealth Government VET Student Loan scheme with no out of pocket “gap” fee to pay upfront.

  • Total Gap Fee for this qualification you will need to pay: $0
  • Total Tuition Fee (Maximum Loan Cover) for this qualification: $90,380
  • VSL Indexed Loan Cap for this qualification: $90,497

All amounts are in Australian Dollars. VET Student Loan availability is subject to eligibility requirements and creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth. Please see the VSL Tuition Fee Schedules below and visit our VSL Information Page for guidance and instructions if you are planning to use VET Student Loans to assist with the payment of your tuition fees. You can also view the relevant policies on our Policies & Procedures page. VSL payment schedules for each intake are published prior to commencement and can be viewed below. Some expenses can not be covered by a VET Student Loan. Details below.

Domestic Student Tuition Fees – Self Funded

If you do not wish to, or are not eligible to use VSL to pay your tuition fees, you are welcome to pay the Full Tuition Fee for this qualification directly (self-funding) on an instalment schedule. You can also mix the use of VET Student Loans and self funded payments.

Instalments & VSL Schedules

Regardless of the method you use to fund your payable tuition fee payments (VSL gap or self-funding) the payable amount will be scheduled into small regular instalments through a payment plan that will be detailed on your Letter of Offer.


VET Student Loans Tuition Fee Schedules

Archerfield Fee Schedules

January 2024 (CPL-H) >>

September 2023 (CPL-H) >>

July 2023 (CPL-H) >>

Tuition Fee Details - International Students

This course is not open for international student enrolments. Please contact V2 Heli to enquire about casual (non-diploma) flight training.

Non Tuition Fee Expenses

Additional (Non-Tuition) and Other Fees

There are costs associated with this qualification that are not included in the tuition fees (and therefore, in accordance with ASQA regulations, are not eligible for VET Student Loans cover). It is important to be financially prepared for these costs to reduce the likelihood of disruptions to your training.

CPL-H Material Fees ($3,379)

Material fees cover various training materials required throughout the course. Payment of material fees is mandatory and can only be adjusted with permission from a senior Flight Instructor. Enrolment is not confirmed until the material fee payment due at acceptance has been paid. Material costs MAY CHANGE and various items may need to be added, replaced and/or updated as you move through the course. We provide as much guidance as practicable in relation to non-tuition fees but ultimately it is the trainees responsibility to ensure that all stipulated materials are acquired and made available for training in a timely manner.

The invoice for the material fee is attached to the Letter of Offer and is payable as a deposit upon acceptance of the offer. This fee includes items such as:

    • Pilot Briefcase and stationery,
    • Branded pilot uniform shirts
    • Textbooks, flight documents and charts
    • Tools and equipment required for flight planning and navigation
    • Third party pilot aptitude placement assessment

Other Non Tuition Fees

  • Pilot Headset: As soon as practicable, pilot trainees will need to purchase, from their preferred supplier, a pilot headset of an acceptably professional standard. Our recommendation is the BOSE A30 (latest model) which retails for $2,100. V2 Heli is an authorised BOSE distributor and can assist you further with arrangements.
  • Aviation Medical Examinations: Students commencing this qualification are required to undertake medical examinations specified and regulated by the Australian Civil Aviation Authority (CASA). Medical examinations are arranged by the student at the student’s expense. Students are required to FINALISE and hold their Class 1 medical documentation from CASA by commencement day. Students who have not received their medical will be asked to move to the next intake. Further information will be provided in the formal Letter of Offer. We also recommend that you consult CASA’s website here: www.casa.gov.au/licences-and-certificates/aviation-medicals/medical-certificates/classes-medical-certificate. CASA Designated Aviation Medical Examiners can be located here: www.casa.gov.au/content-search/medical-and-eye-examiners. Medical examination and associated fees are not included in the tuition fees (and are therefore not covered by VET Student Loans).
  • Aviation Security ID Card (ASIC): All students will be required to successfully apply for an ASIC costing approximately $230. This is done through a third party and assistance will be provided during the onboarding stage prior to commencement.
  • Remedial Activities: This includes briefings, flights, and other training events that you need to participate in because you have not met the required standard of competency.
  • Remedial Flights: Flight lessons that need to be repeated as a result of a competency not being achieved are called Remedial Flights. Trainees should expect that from time to time, remedial flights may be necessary, or may wish to voluntarily repeat a flight. Fees associated with remedial flights will need to be paid at the time of booking and can not be covered by VET Student Loans. The cost of remedial flights depend on the nature and length of the repeated lesson and can range from $480 to over $2,000 each. It is therefore essential that trainees have some savings or credit set aside for remedial flights to avoid the possibility of training being suspended.
  • Exams: Additional or repeated exams are not included in the tuition fees (and are therefore not covered by VET Student Loans).
  • Flight Training Cancellation Fee: Cancellations made within 24 hours of the scheduled session leave either an aircraft, an instructor, or both subsequently idle. This results in a delay to your own training and disadvantages our other clients who may have usefully utilised that instructor’s/aircraft’s availability. Should you have to cancel a Briefing, Flight or Simulator session please do so with no less than 24 hours notice prior to the session, otherwise a Cancellation Fee may be charged. The cancellation fee is currently $132.
  • Options / Upgrades: Pilot trainees who request additional optional flights and/or aircraft upgrades will incur additional fees that are not included in the tuition fees (and are therefore not covered by VET Student Loans).
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Why Study With Us?

Delivering Safe Skies for 40+ Yrs

Our safety culture is the single fundamental value driving every business in our group – the way we run charter operations, maintain aircraft, facilitate travel, and train our students. Because of this “safety first, safety always” philosophy, Tisdall Aviation Group ultimately crafts better pilots, engineers and managers.

Part of a Large Aviation Group

Because TAG offers the full stack of aviation services including charter, aircraft maintenance, industry services and lounge & ground services, our pilot and engineer trainees receive a thorough understanding of how industry really works; plus, they get to meet and chat with the people who make things happen.

Respected by Industry

Flight One School of Aviation commercial pilot graduates are sought out by industry because they meet employers’ needs and expectations. Industry members consistently select our graduates because they know we genuinely care about producing safety-culture oriented, highly skilled pilots.

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